THE Education Minister should reconsider his approval of rewarding teachers with monetary incentives. These schemes are thought up by the administrators in the ministry. The minister should ask for evidence or proof that these schemes work.
A quick survey of teachers may reveal that these schemes could be counter productive. As the rewards will be enjoyed by a few teachers, the majority will be unhappy. So far we have seen no studies from the ministry on the effectiveness of any schemes introduced by them.
When the controversy over the teaching of science and maths in English occurred, the owner of the project, the ministry, after burning more than a billion ringgit of the rakyat's money, was not able to show anything!
Was there a report? An interim study? Unfortunately, nobody knew how to ask the right questions. Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris came up with a study but was there any comment by the ministry?
Any scheme to increase the productivity of teachers or uplift the performance of schools should be scrutinised, evaluated and monitored.
The ministry must prove that such schemes will work and if they are unable to say as to how much any scheme is going to cost, I suspect they are equally in the dark about what the effect of the scheme will be.